Researchers have discovered that circumcision is not linked to decreased penile sensitivity in males in any way.
A debate has raged regarding the effects of male circumcision on penile sensitivity. There have been reports of a person not being able to enjoy sex due to the fact that he is circumsized.
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Yet now it appears that such spiel reeks of flying rumors and is nothing but a collection of old wives’ tales. American health authorities recommend routine circumcisions in male infants.
Canadian centers of medical health do not. The question is whether the exposed head of the penis in men is more sensitive to stimulation in those whose foreskins are intact. Also the inherent sensitivity of the foreskin may be relevant here.
The study involved men who were tested as regards their penile sensitivity. Some of them were circumcized while others were not. Touch-sensitivity, warmth and pain as well as heat thresholds at various parts of the reproductive organs of these males were noted down by the experts.
The results were conclusive. Exposure of the glans penis after circumcision didn’t decrease its sensitivity. Neither was the foreskin found to be an organ that was the most sensitive to touch.
The study involved 62 men. 30 were circumsized while 32 had their foreskins intact. QST protocols were applied to these study subjects.
Among the penile sites on which the various stimuli thresholds were tested may be included the glans, the midline shaft, the proximal to midline shaft and last but not least the foreskin (if it was present in the first place).
The warmth, heat and pain thresholds were more important as far as the sexual experience was concerned. The touch threshold was not that important or at least it mattered less in the scheme of things. In previous studies, lower tactile sensitivity was noted in the glans penis of circumsized subjects.
The latest evidence however points out that there is very little difference between the circumsized and the uncircumsized. Circumcision is basically for health and hygiene reasons.
Keratinization does not occur on the glans as a result of circumcision as was supposed to be the case in the past. On the whole, the differences were next to nil.
Sexual function was judged based on an agreed-upon International Index of Erectile Functioning. It appears to be the case that you don’t change the structural-functional features/functions of the penis by such a simple procedure as a neonatal circumcision.
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This study has been published in The Journal of Urology.